Three Grade 3s at Prairie Meadows

Three races offer nearly a half-million dollars in purses on Friday.

October 11, 2013

Prairie Meadows on Friday night presented a trio of Grade 3 stakes highlighted by a blanket finish in the $282,250 Valley Junction Futurity (G3) won by Oldsmobile Hill.

The first eight finishers in the rich futurity were separated by heads, noses and necks, and it was M & G Farms Inc.’s Oldsmobile Hill who got to the wire first in :17.487 for 350 yards. Gerardo Garrido rode the 7-2 third choice for trainer Jesus Garrido.

Bred in California by Steve Burns, DVM, Oldsmobile Hill is a son of Separatist out of the Hawkinson mare Tahma Hawk. The colt won his career debut in March at Louisiana Downs but then finished off the board in three consecutive races before winning his Valley Junction trial with the third-fastest time. The victory in the final pushed his earnings to $122,222.

Nadia Marcoux’s Shazoomin Rose, a filly by Shazoom, got up for second at odds of 26-1. J K Running Horses LLC’s I Dont Need Nobody, a gelding by Jess Louisiana Blue, crossed the wire third.

In the $51,750 Two Rivers Stakes for 3-year-olds and up at 440 yards, favored BF Farm Boy drew clear to a decisive 1 ¾-length victory in a time of :21.453. With Stormy Smith up for trainer William Harris, the 5-year-old Oregon-bred gelding by Hawkinson earned a 103 speed index and returned $5.20 for a $2 win bet.

Bred by Don and Peggy Boyle and owned by Don Boyle and Wade Siegel, BF Farm Boy has won eight of 33 career starts with earnings of $197,941. He is enjoying his best year yet with four wins from seven starts, including the Keokuk Stakes (G3) at Prairie Meadows and Great Lakes Stakes at Canterbury Park.

Rodrigo Covarrubias’ Pure D Spit, a five-time winner this year, had an early lead and held on for second. Jose Ayala’s Wild Ryde, a 3-year-old gelding by One Famous Eagle making his stakes debut, got up for third.

In the $146,800 Altoona Derby, Miguel Banuelos’ Kuhl Wave picked up her fifth victory of the year as she prevailed by a neck as the 6-5 favorite. Francisco Ramirez Jr. rode the Wave Carver filly for trainer Jose Aguilera.

Bred in Oklahoma by Tom Bradbury and Marvin Willhite, Kuhl Wave has banked $151,924 with a career record of 18-6-3-4. The filly, who broke her maiden for a $7,500 claiming tag last year at Prairie Meadows, won this year’s Merial Arapahoe Park Distaff Challenge in Colorado and the Mr Master Bug Handicap (R) at Remington Park in Oklahoma.

Spit Curl American, a Spit Curl Jess colt owned by Alexia Mehrle, closed well to finish second. The Feature Mr Jess filly Dreamnwideopen took third for owner Sam Green.